Arkansas Crime

Prosecutors have charged the owners and a former funeral director of a closed Arkansas funeral home with corpse abuse, five months after bodies were found stacked on top of each other and lying outside of a freezer, decomposing.

Jacksonville police say Arkansas Funeral Care's owners, 86-year-old LeRoy Wood and his 61-year-old son, Rod Wood, surrendered Tuesday. Funeral director Edward Snow was arrested Monday and released on bond.

Questions remain about the identity and intentions of an armed man who military officials say was shot and critically wounded after trying to drive into a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base said two guards stationed at the base's main gate quickly recognized a threat when the civilian drove his SUV over a curb, crashed through a sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base says an SUV jumped a curb and knocked over a street sign near the base's front gate before the driver got out with a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr. said guards began firing after seeing the man was armed and quickly recognized it as a threat. The base hasn't released the man's name, but says he's in critical condition at a hospital.

Brown said at a news conference that he didn't know whether the man fired his weapon at the scene. He says the base is secure.

A former Arkansas district judge convicted of drug charges has been sentenced in an unrelated mail fraud case involving American Indian artifacts.

Bob Castleman, who was a judge in Pocahontas over a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and must pay nearly $16,800 in restitution.

The Jonesboro Sun reports  that Castleman had claimed to an insurance company in 2012 that Native American arrowheads were stolen from his residence. FBI agents later found the arrowheads in 2013.

An Arkansas State basketball player is charged with punching a police officer in the throat at a medical facility.

Police say Anthony Livingston, 22, hit Jonesboro Officer Tyler Wilson on Thursday after Wilson threatened to shoot him with a stun gun because Livingston was being combative and resisting arrest. It wasn't clear why Livingston was at the medical facility.

Livingston fled but was arrested after being shot with a stun gun near the Arkansas State football stadium.

Wilson is hospitalized; his condition isn't known.

Jermain Taylor
Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Boxer Jermain Taylor is facing a new charge after he was accused of hitting another resident at the rehabilitation center where he has been confined since he was charged with shooting his cousin and threatening a child with a gun.

A Pulaski County District judge issued the second-degree battery warrant Thursday. Sheriff's Office spokesman Carl Minden said the charge is connected to a report from earlier this month that Taylor hit a resident at the Oasis Renewal Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas' highest court has upheld the conviction of a doctor serving a life sentence for killing two men at a Conway home in 2002.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2013 capital murder conviction of Richard Conte in the deaths of Carter Elliott and Timothy Robertson. Prosecutors charged Conte in 2011 as he was being released from prison in Nevada, where he was serving time for kidnapping his ex-wife, who was once married to Carter Elliott.

A 30-year-old Bentonville man has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 6-year-old girl.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1FoNkHs ) that a Benton County Circuit Court jury found Zachary Holly guilty Wednesday of capital murder, kidnapping, rape and residential burglary in the death of Jersey Bridgeman.

Defense attorneys called no witnesses and acknowledged both at the start of the trial and at the end that Holly was responsible for the girl's death.

Arkansas Joins FTC, Other States In Cancer Charity Case

May 20, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined with the Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking millions from consumers.

police shooting cabot
KATV-TV 7

Authorities say police officers have shot and killed a handcuffed Arkansas parolee who fired at them from inside a patrol car.

It happened Tuesday night in Cabot, 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, after officers with the state Department of Community Correction and Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office detained 35-year-old Jonathan McIntosh for suspected drug possession.

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